May your heart be filled with more joy listening to Deacon Kevin Wojciechowski as he talked about how he responded to God’s call to the priesthood. Sr. Kathleen Matz share how to have an attitude of gratitude and talks about a very important prayer she prays every morning. Isabella Cipriano opens her heart to talk about her essay ‘That Night’. Jennifer Brubaker, Director of Gianna House talks about how pregnant teens call this home. Fr. Alex Kratz talks about the Year of St. Joseph and shares his wish list!
Deacon Kevin Wojciechowski
Deacon Kevin Wojciechowski is a seminarian for the Diocese of Saginaw, MI. He is currently in his fourth year of theological studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and serves at Holy Spirit Parish in Saginaw. He attended college seminary at St. John Vianney seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota where he graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy.
Sr. Kathleen Matz
A Sister of Divine Providence originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, serving in the Archdiocese of Detroit.
The charism of her community is Providence and our daily prayer is, “We exalt Your Providence, O God, and we commit to making Your Providence more visible in our world”. She has served our Church in the capacity of Elementary School Teacher, Youth Ministry and Director of Religious Education. At present, she is the minister in the Archdiocese of Detroit in the Department of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship as the Associate Director in the Office of Catechesis. Sr. Kathleen’s specialty areas are spirituality and catechesis. She also enjoys nature walks, dance and water aerobics.
Isabella Cipriano, I am a 17 year old senior in high school. I attend St. Catherine of Siena Academy and have not decided yet where I am attending college. I am the youngest of 4 children and am the only girl. I play softball, skiing, and field hockey.
Executive Director Gianna House
Jennifer Brubaker earned her Bachelor of Science degree Central Michigan University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in youth studies. Prior to Gianna House Jennifer dedicated 10 years of her life to transforming an underperforming mentoring program thrive into a successful entity. Jennifer has worked with youth who have been through the foster care system and trained volunteers to successfully work with children who are victims of abuse and neglect. She has years of experience working with young girls and teens in a residential setting who have experienced the effects of abuse, neglect, and trauma. Gianna House was founded in 2009 by Sister Mary Diane Masson of the Felician Sisters of North America. Sister Diane realized that Michigan had maternity homes for mothers, but all of them were for women 18 years of age and up. Sister Diane’s vision was for Michigan to establish a residence for homeless, pregnant teenage girls 17 years of age and under. With unanimous approval from the Felician Sisters, Sister Diane established a non-profit organization and was led to a former convent at St. Veronica Parish in Eastpointe. When Sister passed away unexpectedly in January 2017, Jennifer Brubaker was hired in as the Executive Director. After six years of planning and untiring efforts by Sr. Diane Masson, Jennifer Brubaker and her Board of Directors has brought Gianna House pregnancy and Parenting residence to fruition in March of 2018.
Fr. Alex Kratz, OFM
Franciscan priest and co-founder of Terra Sancta Ministries. He oversees the St. Joseph Chap and Immaculate Heart of Mary Shine in Pontiac.